The BS6 standard emission was introduced in April 2020 and now its second phase is going to be implemented in 2023. Under Phase 2 of the BS6 emission standard, car makers will have to achieve real-world emissions targets that will come into effect from April 1, 2023. Its current EA888 evo3 DQ381-7F engine is near the emission standard.
In such a situation, the evo4 engine will have to be installed in its place. Replacing the Evo3 with the Evo4 engine for just one market is a costly affair and as such it is not suitable for business. It was also thought that the EA888 evo4 DQ381-7A engine would be brought from the Russian market, but this option was rejected.
Product planners in India rejected this and the reason was mileage and price as sales are low. Although this engine will be given in Kodiaq and Tiguan which will be sourced from Audi AG, it will be given in the month of February. The company is about to update only select models in its current model.
After the removal of the Superb and Octavia from the Skoda lineup, only three models will be introduced in the Skoda and Volkswagen lineups. Let us inform that in the month of June, Octavia has sold 1 lakh units in the Indian market. It was introduced 21 years back and is sold in India as a CKD unit in India.
This car of the company has become the best selling car assembled with CKD kit. This car was revealed globally in the year 1996 and in the year 2001 the first-generation Skoda Octavia was introduced in India and in the year 2004 the company also introduced its RS variant.
The fourth-gen Skoda Octavia was launched in June last year at a starting price of Rs 25.99 lakh, with the top-spec L&K variant priced at Rs 28.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Let us tell you that in the financial year 2022, Skoda sold a total of 1,915 units of Octavia in India.
Skoda cars have not received the same response in India. The company’s Octavia and Superb are great sedans but now they will soon be dropped from the lineup. Now it has to be seen when the company announces this.